Prepare yourself spiritually
As you prepare, prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What examples of faith from the scriptures and lives of others could you share with the young women?
Alma 32:21, 26–43 (Faith is hope for things that are true but not seen)
Moroni 7:33–41 (Miracles are wrought by faith)
Bible Dictionary, “Faith”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Fourth Floor, Last Door,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 15–18
Neil L. Andersen, “Faith Is Not by Chance, but by Choice,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 65–68
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “A Summer with Great-Aunt Rose,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 15–19
Russell M. Nelson, “Let Your Faith Show,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 29–32
“Faith,” Young Women Personal Progress (2009), 13–20
“Faith,” True to the Faith (2004), 54–56
At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.
Introduce the doctrine
Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:
- Draw a simple rowboat, and label it “Faith.” Add an oar labeled “Belief” and another labeled “Action.” Ask the young women what would happen to this boat if it had only one oar. What will happen to our faith if we do not act on what we believe? Use the scriptures, True to the Faith (pages 54–56), or the Bible Dictionary to help the young women understand what faith is and how this drawing relates to it.
- Ask the young women to write down the name of a woman in the scriptures who showed great faith. Collect their papers. Read the names aloud, and invite the young women to tell the stories of these women.
Each of the activities below can help the young women understand what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will be best for your class:
- Invite each young woman to come prepared to briefly share an experience when she persevered or did not give up in accomplishing a good thing. You might also share an experience from your own life. Invite the young women to read the story about the two missionaries in President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “Fourth Floor, Last Door.” What can they learn from the missionaries in this story? How does this story relate to their own experiences? You might also invite the young women to review the rest of this talk, looking for things President Uchtdorf teaches about faith and circling statements that stand out to them. What else do the young women learn about faith? (The young women could use this talk and another in this outline to help complete faith value experience number 1 in their Personal Progress books.)
- Invite the young women to write down a few answers to the question asked by Elder Neil L. Andersen: “How does the Savior see my faith?” (see “Faith Is Not by Chance, but by Choice”). Encourage them to share ways that they can show the Savior their faith. What do they learn from Elder Andersen’s talk that inspires them to show and build their faith? For instance, invite them to review the stories he tells about missionaries who showed their faith. You could also bring in a box wrapped like a gift with objects inside that can build our faith (see examples in the section titled “Gifts That Enlarge Our Faith”).
- During the week, ask the young women to read or watch President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “A Summer with Great-Aunt Rose” and come to class prepared to share something they learned from his story. How did Aunt Rose’s faith in Jesus Christ bless her? What can we do to increase our faith?
- Invite the young women to read James 2:14–20 and identify the examples James uses to teach about the relationship between faith and works. Ask a few of them to summarize in their own words what James is teaching about faith. Invite the young women to search President Russell M. Nelson’s talk “Let Your Faith Show” to find examples of people who showed their faith through their works. Ask them to share what they find and discuss how they can let their faith show.
- Ask each young woman to find and share a story from the scriptures in which someone acted on his or her belief in Jesus Christ (see, for example, Esther 4; Mark 5:25–34; Hebrews 11:4–9, 17–29; 1 Nephi 4; Alma 19:16–29; Ether 12:11–22). Invite the young women to also write down an experience in which they or someone they know exercised faith in Jesus Christ. Ask each young woman to share the story she found in the scriptures and the experience she wrote about. Consider showing the video “Courage” as part of this activity.
- Invite the young women to read Matthew 17:20, and ask them what they think it means to move mountains with our faith. Share the following statement from Bishop Richard C. Edgley: “I have never witnessed the removal of an actual mountain. But because of faith I have seen a mountain of doubt and despair removed and replaced with hope and optimism. Because of faith I have personally witnessed a mountain of sin replaced with repentance and forgiveness. And because of faith I have personally witnessed a mountain of pain replaced with peace, hope, and gratitude. Yes, I have seen mountains removed” (“Faith—the Choice Is Yours,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 33). Show the video “Pure and Simple Faith,” and ask the young women to look for mountains that were removed through faith (or share an experience of your own).
Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?
Live what we are learning
Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:
- Teach someone else about faith (such as a younger brother or sister or a friend).
- Look for examples of faith in the scriptures as they study the gospel on their own and follow these examples in their own lives.